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Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite
coopchang from: Sacramento, CA
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Great Proximity To West Entrance of Yosemite
Last week hubby and I and adult son stayed at Rush Creek Lodge for 2 nights. We had the King Suite which had a sliding barn door that separated the king bedroom from the living area with the sleeper sofa. I will provide my pros and cons of the property:
Pro's: Were able to check in at 1:30 PM which was nice. Room was well appointed and stocked with nice sundries and lots of towels. Very clean property. Keurig Coffee Maker and K-cups with both coffee and tea. Room Frig and microwave. Balcony with pool view. Nice Lodge with decent breakfast and dinner menus. We did not eat lunch here. Lots of seating in the main lodge. General store had lots of items for purchase. Drinks were pricey. Swimming pool was nice in the morning and early afternoon, but after 5 PM, kids took over. My adult son scheduled a massage and said it was awesome. Loved the Smores in the evening! Took YARTS into Yosemite from lodge entrance!
Con's: King Bed was uncomfortable. Definitely not a quality mattress. Lodge needs to consider upgrading to a pillow top or memory foam top for bed with the current price point. Sofa bed mattress was a joke. Very thin and bent. My adult son is 155 lbs and camps outdoors a lot and he said the mattress was horrible! Second night he had better sleep on the couch. Sliding barn doors that separate bedroom and living area and bathroom area are extremely noisy and awakened us at night. No Chardonnay at pool Bar...only rose and chenin blanc!
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Wonderful Family Getaway
Rush Creek does a great job of creating a perfect setting for a family getaway. When we arrived Friday night, we ate a late dinner in the Tavern followed by some epic family games of bubble hockey, bumper pool and foosball. They have games and activities set up from stacking dinosaurs and climbing equipment indoors and out for little ones, to more competitive bar games for families like ours with older kids. It's a quick drive to the entrance to the park, but beware you still need to leave early in summer to avoid crazy traffic and to find a parking place in Yosemite Valley before they're all taken. You can grab everything from egg sandwiches to fruit and yogurt for a quick breakfast on the deck outside the general store before hitting the road. After a long day of hiking, the Rush Creek pool is a great place to have a cocktail and relax before dinner and more family games. We loved that there was no TV in our room, but there was Trivial Pursuit and Boggle. We finished our stay with a family class of Boga (yoga on floating rafts in the pool) on Sunday morning before exploring Hetch Hetchy, which is also a quick drive from the resort. Only downside was bedsheets were a bit scratchy and we could hear footsteps from the room above us in the lodge. It's not cheap, but worth the family memories!
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Expensive for what it is
The main selling point of this hotel is the location, it is perhaps 20 minutes drive from Yosemite entrance, which is fantastic for quick access, most hotels are another hour drive from the entrance. We had a lovely room, the view wasn't great as it was just looking out on to the car park (relatively low floor), and they were very nice at reception when we checked in, we received a voucher as it was our anniversary which was much appreciated. Not having a TV in the room was disappointing, I understand they want you to reconnect with nature but to be honest, we just wanted to relax and in the evening watch a TV, it was particularly annoying as the wifi wasn't great so it just made it worse.
The pool area was really nice but I do wish they would have some adult only hours for the hot tub etc, even an hour in the evening from 8-9pm (kids probably in bed anyway!) it would be really nice to have some quiet time in such a peaceful environment, just a suggestion, no criticism.
The menu was really lacking and considering this really is the only place you can eat you would think they would offer more, I ended up having the same thing for two nights and it isn't cheap!
Overall, it is a nice hotel but it is so overpriced for what it is, if they are going to charge this much it should be perfect.
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
Joann B from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Rush Creek / Evergreen Glacier point and yosemite valley tour
First, while the hotel is very clean, there is a very limited food menu in which in my opinion is not so good. There is no TV, the internet is very slow, and the air conditioner goes on and off, all for a hefty price tag to stay at this hotel, My husband, daughter and I purchased the Glacier Point Yosemite Valley tour from the Rush Creek Lodge website. The price of the tour was 175 per person. Before taking the tour it stated optional hike. It asked if we were interested in hiking. My reply was no. It also said 7 in a tour, we were 8 still not an issue, what's one more. We began our tour with a lovely tour guide who took us up to Glacier Point. Once we got up to Glacier Point, we were told whoever wanted to hike would take the four mile hike and the rest would stay in the van and we would make a stop with the tour guide to bridal falls or another point of interest and we would meet the hikers in two hours. Making our way down we were stuck in traffic and was unable to make a stop to bridal falls or any other site because we had to pick up the hikers in our group. Okay, you cant help traffic, Once we got down to the point where we were going to meet the hikers, our tour guide brought us to a spot where she can meet the hikers so we can continue our tour, One of the hikers hurt their knee and we waited in a sun baking car for little over two hours. Even with the air on I could not breath because I have asthma, and there was an older man who had a medical condition who also could not take the heat, That made us a little nervous because we felt bad for the older man and we also felt bad for the hiker. The point to all this is that there is no organization with these tours, no back up plans for unforeseen circumstances such as this, and no communication with the lodge when you have other guests waiting to continue their tour. We could have had a heat stroke in this van. I emailed from the van to the lodge while we were waiting after the first hour, no response. Once our tour guide who had no assistance with the injured hiker came back to the van two hours later, it had already been after 430 and we could not make the rest of the stops that were listed on our booking of this tour. When we returned to the hotel, my husband spoke to the recreation manager about the unorganized, lack of communication, and the lack of a back up plan when something like this happens also telling him we basically only received less than half our tour for the money. we were given an 80 dollar refund. I do not think that is sufficient. This is not even for the return of money its for a situation like this that there should have been some kind of communication and accommodation for the other tour members. Maybe another van around to pick us up while our tour guide aided the injured guest. There needs to be a better organization and plan in place. Also, if you are asked on the fill out forms asking if we want to hike or not common sense would say, put hikers in one van and non hikers in the other. We could have paid a private tour for the total of 525 we paid for three of us. We also returned an hour later after our expected return time leaving us less time to enjoy our evening. I tried to reach out to the superiors who put these tours together so I can try to explain my concerns, but received no response. I am sure I will receive an immature response to this review.
- Value: 2
- Location: 3
- Service: 2
314damianc from: Stoneham, Massachusetts
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great Family Resort
We stayed 3 nights for our visit to Yosemite. The hotel was a great landing spot at the end of each day’s hiking. Cooling off in the pool or relaxing your muscles after long day of hiking was perfect. Food and drinks are on the expensive side and I’d call the food just average. The staff was outstanding at every encounter. The 2 bedroom villas are perfect for families. The one area that needs improvement is the hot water situation- it takes 3-5 minutes to get even lukewarm water in the sink or shower. That is a tremendous waste of water to wait for the shower to warm up.